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The X-Files: I Want to Believe (Single-Disc Edition)
The X-Files I Want to Believe
Single-Disc Edition
Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
PG-13     2008     1hr 44min

Studio: Tcfhe Release Date: 12/02/2008 Run time: 108 minutes Rating: Pg13

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Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Sci-Fi Action, Aliens, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 12/02/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 44min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 20
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Kristie G. from FERGUSON, KY
Reviewed on 10/21/2012...
this is a great movie.My husband loved it. It is a terrific addition to his collection
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 4/2/2010...
A huge waste. This movie had such promise, but failed in almost every way. The X-Files was one of the most interesting tv shows to emerge during the 90s and was very popular. The idea of doing a second film seemed like a good one. Too bad the film is a pretenious piece of unwatchable drek. Not at all entertaining. Boring beyond belief.

After reading some interviews about the film it becomes obvious that the reason why it failed belongs to Chris Carter. The man bought into his own hype while ignoring the reality that his tv shows all ended badly (the X-Files went out with a wimper & Millennium was destroyed by his constant tampering). Carter made the mistake of thinking that just because his series was popular at one time that people would want to see his film. Maybe if he took the time to create an entertaining movie and not a pile of rancid garbage that might have occured. I Want To Believe has done an effective job of killing the franchise. After the poor performance (which is Carter's entire fault) no more films will be made. Watch seasons 1-5 & the first film if you want to enjoy the series.
0 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Denise J. from BARNESVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 12/11/2009...
I am a huge X-Files fan, so I was so excited to get this movie. It was a typical Chris Carter storyline. The unexpected,unusual,bazaar,chilling events. Billy Connolly was excellent as the tainted priest.The chemistry is still there between David and Gillian as Mulder & Scully. I stopped watching the series pretty much when David Duchovny left, but I could still follow the movie. It kept you in suspense until the very end. And then you found yourself saying "Where does Chris Carter get these ideas!??" It only hyped me up to want to see more X-Files movies like this. This movie was much better than the 1998 movie.
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Joseph S. (hamsterdad)
Reviewed on 9/28/2009...
This movie was awful. Not because of a bad story or acting, but because they lied about it being the X-Files. Yes it stars Mulder and Sculley, but it could have starred just about any male action star, and the usual brand of hollywood female sidekick. They played down the paranormal aspect (not aspects mind you just one) so much that it almost wasn't there at all. The begining of the movie drags slowly, and more weight is given to the now romantic relationship between Mulder and Sculley, than to the storyline. Like I said not a bad movie, but a lousy X-Files movie. When you watch it just pretend it's Bruce Willis and Sandra Bullock. You'll enjoy it more that way.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

"I think it's the darkness which always finds us, Scully." -
Bobby Underwood | Manly NSW, Australia | 07/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Much like the first theatrical outing for Mulder and Scully, this will disappoint some for what it is not, and others for what it actually is. It is very much the type of stand-alone story which used to be squeezed between the conspiracy and mythology episodes. The problem presented by the avenue chosen by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz is that after so many years have passed, fans aching for what The X-Files did best will be confronted by a dreary and snowy low-key and intimate story which while excellent on its own, is not what fans had anticipated.

That being said, I do believe, however, after the initial shock, and perhaps after a second viewing, fans will embrace it for Carter's courage to once again fly in the face of the powers that be and tell an often creepy stand-alone story showing how the darkness always found Mulder and Scully, and how it was having each other to lean on which helped each keep their faith. It is almost as if this is a segue to something more on the horizon. For even within the confines of a story which does not deal in the slightest manner with any of the X-Files mythology fans have hungered for, there are portents.

Beginning with both Mulder and Scully leading very different lives than those we came to know, Carter uses the darkness to bring them back together. It is a kidnapped F.B.I. Agent and a Bureau ready to forgive Mulder for his many indiscretions if only he will help work with the psychic who may or may not be genuine which starts things rolling. Scully's need to help a young boy with an incurable disease and the relationship of our favorite F.B.I. couple, even though neither works for the Bureau anymore, gets as much screen time as the premise, which is like a creepy episode rather than a feature film.

Duchovny and Anderson are still fabulous together, perhaps even more so in a somber and low-key outing such as this. The intimacy and history of the couple is what the film is about, and how faith can be restored even amidst the darkness which always found them, and sometimes kept them apart. This really plays better as a small screen episode of the show, but because we have missed Mulder and Scully for so long, it gets an A.

There are references to Mulder's sister, the alien abduction which haunted and drove him in his quest for the truth. It is a story line we thought wrapped up. Now that is unclear. Carter did say in an interview about the film that no one ever really dies for good on the show. And though the film itself has dealt in absolutely no way at all with X-Files mythology, what should show up as a background to the closing credits? Black oil, that's what. And it ain't Texas tea. It is worth seeing if only for a very touching and tender moment between Mulder and Scully near the end. It is the kind of intimate conversation which made the show better than anything else we got to watch during its long run.

The story itself might have been better as an episode of the show, and those who venture into theatres expecting something grandiose after all this time will certainly come away wondering if it was worth the wait. Fans of the show, however, were fans because of the relationship between Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. So if you go in knowing that this is that sort of episode, in which the case is only an excuse to bring them back to who they were, then you'll enjoy it much more. It has much more in common with "Beyond the Sea" or "Irresistible" than say, "Nesei" and "731."

See it on the big screen to show support, so we can have more, but know you'll probably enjoy it more on your set once it comes to dvd."
I will always believe!!
T. G. Baudouin | Mexico City, MEXICO | 09/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mulder and Scully are back...and that's incredibly awesome!!!
I think it was a shame this movie didn't get the attention it deserved when it was released. I believe that the studio's poor promotion and the unfortunate date of release --THE DARK NIGHT's SUMMER-, among other external conditions didn't help it attract more viewers. But now that this fantastic 3-disc edition is here, there is no earthly excuse to not watch Mulder's and Scully's triumphal return.

Give this movie a chance if:

1)You were a fan back in the 90's --oH THOSE HAPPY DAYS!--.
2)You are sick of flat characters who never actually grow up, grow old and /or mature.
3)You are in the mood for an intelligent little movie and you have had your share of CGI and exaggerated action sequences -that, let's face it, turn out to be a whole lot of nonsense most of the times-.
4)You want to be captivated by 2 of the most representative characters in TV history.

Give it a try, re-watch some of the tv series'episodes, get in the mood and enjoy!! Remember the Truth is out there...and we want to find it in a third movie. I waited 6 years for this one, I hope I won't be waiting that much for an XF3!!!

Note: If you watched the movie in the theatre and thought the storyline had some slight plotholes, check out the DVD edition of the film. This is REALLY the film Carter wanted to give us. Few extra scenes give a subtle but meaningful enhancement."
I wanted more from the Extended Cut
A. Cassady | 12/02/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"As a huge fan of the X-Files and as someone who was disappointed by the 2nd movie, I was looking forward to watching the "extended cut" of the movie offered in this special edition set. In articles about the movie's production, Chris Carter moaned about Fox saying the movie couldn't run longer than an hour and a half and talked about having to cut the movie down quite quickly. I had hoped that the "extended cut" would fill in some of the holes I saw in the movie and would reflect Carter's original vision. Instead, the "extended cut" is only 4 minutes longer than the theatrical release and contains only one extra scene, that I noticed. Disappointing.